Comparative study of cultures / Hofstede dimensions

A very brief blog, to make you (and me!) aware of the work of father and son team, Geert (and the younger Gert Van) Hofstede, around the comparative study of cultures. They have a downloadable file of “matrix of dimension scores” plus other papers, books and material: http://www.geerthofstede.nl/research–vsm.aspx

As ‘culture’ often comes up in the discussion of workplaces around the world, I thought this would be useful to share.

And thankyou to Maarten Kas ( http://www.linkedin.com/in/maartenkas ) for sharing this on the Linkedin Group “The European Centre for Facility Management”. It followed a question asked by Peter de Winter, Snr Programme Director for Workplace Innovation at Philips ( http://www.linkedin.com/pub/peter-de-winter/5/492/476 )

Peter asked:

Who has experience with including the cultural aspect in global office design? We apply a ‘one size fits all’ approach for our international and country HQ’s. Works quite well. Ideas for improvement?

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One response to “Comparative study of cultures / Hofstede dimensions

  1. Hi Paul,
    Just wanted to let you know i recently swichted from Hofstede to Trompenaars. As you know i used to have a 5DWorkspace service. I have changed that into a 7DWorkspace. We have become a Trompenaars-licensee and now include an online cultural awareness tooland learning modules in our New World of Working & Living service. See http://www.villafm.eu for more info and liks to the tool and modules.
    Regards,
    Fred

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